GOSHEN — The Elkhart County commissioners agreed Monday, Aug. 12, to sell one of its four surplus properties for $54,000.
Emojean Abbott was the highest bidder for a property at 22043 C.R. 38 southwest of Goshen. The county purchased the land for right-of-way as part of the extension of C.R. 17.
The commissioners opened bids Aug. 5 for two pieces of land northeast of Elkhart and a pair of properties near Goshen. The board received offers on three of the properties at the meeting, but the land was not sold at the time because none of the bids were higher than 90 percent of the land’s appraised value. The commissioners decided to extend the sale to see if higher bids would come in.
Abbott, who told the commissioners in a letter that she owns a neighboring property, originally bid $45,500 on Aug. 5 for the land on C.R. 38, and another bidder, John Nunemaker, offered $18,000. An independent appraiser had valued the real estate at $65,000.
Abbott increased her offer by $8,500, and the bid was accepted Monday. The closing date for the property will be on or before Sept. 3, according to an agreement signed by the commissioners.
The county’s highway department is reviewing bids for two other surplus properties purchased by the county as part of improvements to C.R. 17 and the construction of Six Span Bridge. On Aug. 5, Ronald and Tina Drake offered to buy 21833 S.R. 120 in Elkhart by paying $800 per month over the next five years plus another $37,800 after the five-year period is over. The couple told the commissioners in a letter that they have been renting a house on the property for the past two years for $800 per month. The appraisal for the real estate was $160,000.
County commissioner Frank Lucchese submitted a bid of $50,000 for land at 22053 Sunset Lane in Elkhart. The property was appraised at $150,000.
A property at 22127 S.R. 119 in Goshen was appraised for $80,000 but did not receive an offer.